Dan Katz

WSHU Morning Edition producer

Dan began his career in public radio at WUFT-FM in Gainesville while attending the University of Florida. As host and producer of the Front Page Edition of All Things Considered, he interviewed several key political figures as well as some controversial personalities. He has also been recognized by the Florida Associated Press for his feature reporting.

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Politics
10:58 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Ted Kennedy Jr. announces run for state senate

File photo-Ted Kennedy Jr. speaks during a 2011 rally for then Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who was running for U.S. Senate.
Credit AP Photo/Bob Child

Another Kennedy is trying his hand in politics. Ted Kennedy Jr., the son of the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, announced Monday night he's pursuing a state senate seat in Connecticut.

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Men beat Kentucky to win NCAA championship
10:03 am
Tue April 8, 2014

UConn! UConn! UConn!

Connecticut players celebrate after their 60-54 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
Credit AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

The University of Connecticut men's basketball team defeated the University of Kentucky 60-54 on Monday night to win their fourth NCAA championship.

UConn guard Shabazz Napier was selected as the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four after getting 22 points and six rebounds in the championship game.
 
 The Huskies' steely point guard outshined Kentucky's freshmen phenoms in the win. Napier and fellow backcourt mate Ryan Boatright controlled the tempo
and together outscored Wildcats twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison 36-15.
 
 Napier as a freshman won a national title on UConn's 2011 team led by another
star guard in Kemba Walker.

Back at the school's campus in Storrs, thousands of jubilant students celebrated the win.

The scene in Storrs as reported on WSHU's Morning Edition with Tom Kuser

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Guilty pleas in scheme linked to Rowland
9:45 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Former Conn. Gov. Rowland steps down from radio show

File photo- Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland hosting a show on WTIC AM radio.
Credit (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland says he's stepping down from his Hartford area radio talk show.

This comes after former Republican Congressional Candidate Lisa-Wilson Foley and her husband pleaded guilty to federal campaign financing violations in a conspiracy that allegedly involved Rowland.

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Sports
9:51 am
Tue April 1, 2014

A look back at the Black Fives Era of basketball

A placard on display at the New York Historical Society for a game in 1946 between the New York Renaissance and the New Britain Pros. The placard features William "Dolly" King, who starred at Long Island University, before spending several seasons with the Renaissance.
Credit Black Fives Foundation

The Greenwich, Connecticut-based Black Fives Foundation has collected hundreds of artifacts from a period in sports history called the Black Fives Era.  It refers to the first half of the 20th century, in segregated America, where African Americans formed basketball leagues of their own.

WSHU's Tom Kuser speaks with founder Claude Johnson about an exhibit at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan, which features many of those artifacts.

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Author Interview
9:29 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Foreign Gods Inc.

Okey Ndibe at the WSHU Public Radio studios in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Foreign Gods Inc. is a new novel about one man's scheme to steal a statue of a Nigerian god of war to sell it in the United States. 

It's the second novel from writer and Nigerian political commentator Okey Ndibe, who lives in West Hartford, Connecticut and teaches African literature at Brown University. WSHU Morning Edition Host Tom Kuser spoke with Professor Ndibe about the new book.

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